Kate has been praised for her calm reaction after being challenged by a woman during a visit to Northern Ireland with Prince William today. The Prince and Princess of Wales were taking part in a walkabout with crowds in Belfast when the incident unfolded.
The woman, wearing green, shook Kate’s hand and said: “Nice to meet you but it would be better if it was when you were in your own country.”
The woman, who appeared to be videoing the exchange on a mobile phone, added: “Ireland belongs to the Irish”.
The Princess of Wales smiled warmly before moving on to shake hands with another well-wisher.
Royal fans rushed to Twitter to praise the future Queen Consort for her handling of the exchange.
One Twitter user with the handle @CamillaWindsor_ commented: “Catherine handled the situation very gracefully though.”
Another, @NaomiSky_15, wrote: “And the Princess of Wales handled it with grace and dignity. As always. Moving on.”
A third, @wildkudzu2, said: “Catherine just moved on without missing a beat. Lol.”
Royal fan account @lovefamilywales added: “That lady was very rude!! If she doesn’t like the monarchy, why did she waste her time going there? But Catherine handled the moment perfectly and she and William were welcomed with open arms by the rest of the crowd everywhere they went! They are loved.”
A fifth Twitter user, Tina Zayas, gushed: “A true Queen!!! Great Britain is so lucky to have her as its next Queen Consort!”
One more, @Royalprincessf3, added: “Catherine, the Princess of Wales, the late Queen and Princess Diana would be proud of her handling this situation gracefully and choose kindness every time.”
The exchange happened in what is a predominantly nationalist area of Belfast.
Kate and William received an otherwise positive reception during their visit to Northern Ireland on Thursday.
The Public Initiative for Prevention of Suicide and Self Harm (PIPS) charity was their first stop of the day.
During their visit, the Waleses spoke with staff about their work helping people at risk of suicide and self-harm.
They also took part in an art therapy session with some vulnerable children who have been supported by the organisation.
And they joined a group of volunteer counsellors in packing up the charity’s Little Boxes of Hope, which are support packages given to children following their time with PIPS to assist their ongoing recovery and ensure that their parents and guardians feel better equipped to cope.
After the visit to PIPS, the couple travelled into Belfast city centre to view Trademarket, a new outdoor street-food and retail market.
Kate and William, who are known for being competitive, took part in a cocktail-making race.
They also heard about the Trademarket enterprise which transformed a previously vacant site, aiming to showcase new businesses while also increasing footfall in a less-visited area.
And they met with representatives from Kainos, a Belfast-based software company which provided the site for the market at a peppercorn rent.
The final engagement of the day was to the town of Carrickfergus in Co Antrim.
The royal couple were greeted by cheering crowds who had lined the streets as they arrived to visit youth charity Carrick Connect which offers support services to local young people experiencing social or emotional difficulties.